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Anne Haira and Sam Buckle join the Ministry for the Environment’s executive leadership team 

By   /  May 15, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand, New Zealand Government, New Zealand Government Public Service  /  Comments Off on Anne Haira and Sam Buckle join the Ministry for the Environment’s executive leadership team 

Source: Ministry for the Environment The Ministry is delighted to welcome Anne Haira and Sam Buckle to its executive leadership team in June. Anne Haira will be joining us as Deputy Secretary Partnerships and Customers. She has had a rich and diverse career spanning the public and private sectors, including Kensington Swan and Fonterra. Anne […]

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New Zealand part of global decision to restrict shipments of hard-to-recycle plastic waste to poorer countries

By   /  May 14, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand, New Zealand Government, New Zealand Government Public Service  /  Comments Off on New Zealand part of global decision to restrict shipments of hard-to-recycle plastic waste to poorer countries

Source: Ministry for the Environment New Zealand was one of about 180 countries to agree via consensus on Friday 10 May to better regulate global trade in plastic waste to prevent environmental pollution.  The agreement to amend the Basel Convention means exporters of contaminated or hard-to-recycle plastic waste will require consent from the Governments of […]

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Our ailing nature

By   /  May 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand, New Zealand Government, New Zealand Government Public Service  /  Comments Off on Our ailing nature

Source: Ministry for the Environment Dr Alison Collins is the Ministry for the Environment’s Departmental Chief Science Advisor – Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua. Alison reflects on the recently released United Nations report on biodiversity and why we need to care about what is happening in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our ailing nature “Biodiversity and nature’s contributions to […]

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Guidance helps New Zealand organisations track their greenhouse gas emissions

By   /  May 2, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand, New Zealand Government, New Zealand Government Public Service  /  Comments Off on Guidance helps New Zealand organisations track their greenhouse gas emissions

Source: Ministry for the Environment Today the Ministry for the Environment has released fresh guidance for businesses and organisations wanting to track their emissions. “In the last month we’ve seen both the Emissions Inventory and Environment Aotearoa reports released. These both show the need for action to reduce our emissions. This guidance can be used […]

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A health check on our environment

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand, New Zealand Government, New Zealand Government Public Service  /  Comments Off on A health check on our environment

Source: Ministry for the Environment by Alison Collins, Departmental Science Advisor at Ministry for the Environment As light breaks, you wake to birdsong. As you turn on your tap, water gushes to fill the kettle for a morning coffee. A crowded train weaves its way through glimmering high rise and small houses with their flaking weatherboards, taking you […]

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Guidance released for businesses ahead of July plastic bag ban

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand, New Zealand Government, New Zealand Government Public Service  /  Comments Off on Guidance released for businesses ahead of July plastic bag ban

Source: Ministry for the Environment To assist with preparing for the upcoming plastic bag ban, the Ministry for the Environment has released guidance for businesses.  The Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations 2018, announced last December, ban single-use plastic shopping bags under 70 microns in thickness from 1 July 2019. The regulations apply to all […]

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Panel appointed to produce framework for national climate change risk assessment

By   /  April 11, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand, New Zealand Government, New Zealand Government Public Service  /  Comments Off on Panel appointed to produce framework for national climate change risk assessment

Source: Ministry for the Environment The Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, has announced the details of a new panel that has been established to create the framework for New Zealand’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment. The framework will provide the foundation to compare different types of climate risks. The nine members of the […]

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Global top 10 thinker Chris Kutarna taking stage at Rotorua summit

By   /  April 2, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand, New Zealand Government, New Zealand Government Public Service  /  Comments Off on Global top 10 thinker Chris Kutarna taking stage at Rotorua summit

Source: Ministry for the Environment Rated as one of the Global Top 10 Thinkers in 2018, Chris Kutarna is taking centre stage at New Zealand’s first circular economy summit. Mr Kutarna is renowned internationally for helping people make sense of, and thrive through, rapid political, social and economic change. He predicted Brexit and the election […]

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Funding available for circular economy project

By   /  February 25, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Environment, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand, New Zealand Government, New Zealand Government Public Service  /  Comments Off on Funding available for circular economy project

Source: Ministry for the Environment We are wanting to hear from people interested in writing a report on the implications and opportunities for New Zealand’s transition to a Ōhanga āmiomio circular economy. The work will be funded by the Waste Minimisation Fund. For more information about this opportunity and how to apply see the Waste […]

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Statement on international travel

By   /  January 11, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, FifthEstate1, KB, KB, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Government, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on Statement on international travel

Source: Ministry for the Environment Ministry for the Environment Statement on international travel This statement is in response to an article that ran on Stuff and in the Dominion Post on Friday 11 January 2018. The Ministry fully accepts that travel by its staff is of public interest, and it is important we are held […]

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MfE launches Waste Free Summer campaign with tips on how to prevent waste, reuse and recycle

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Government, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on MfE launches Waste Free Summer campaign with tips on how to prevent waste, reuse and recycle

Source: Ministry for the Environment Recycling is a great way to ensure that materials like plastic, glass and aluminium can be used over and over again and keep them out of landfill. But it’s essential that you recycle right, by rinsing your recyclables clean and following your local council recycling rules. Check out our pro […]

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Recycle or not?

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Government, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on Recycle or not?

Source: Ministry for the Environment Recycling is an easy way to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills, but it’s essential that we take the time to do this right. Photo – dirty food containers Never put food or unwashed items in your recycling bin. Doing so could make the other items dirty – […]

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Circular economy 101

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Government, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on Circular economy 101

Source: Ministry for the Environment Simply put, the circular economy is based on the idea of using the same resources over and over again – rather than continuously extracting more from nature. We are currently wasting too many resources by using the items we make for a short time before throwing them away. A lot […]

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5 reasons to buy recycled

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Government, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on 5 reasons to buy recycled

Source: Ministry for the Environment With circular economy principles catching on fast in New Zealand and around the world, buying products and packaging made from recycled materials is set to become as routine as placing our cans, plastics and glass out on the kerb for recycling. Here are five great reasons to buy items made […]

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5 innovative uses for recycled materials

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Government, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on 5 innovative uses for recycled materials

Source: Ministry for the Environment Choosing to buy products and packaging made from recycled materials is a great way to help reduce waste and support New Zealand’s transition to a circular economy approach [link to circular economy article]. If you’re keen to buy recycled, or are simply interested to find out what kind of products […]

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3 easy steps to recycle like a pro!

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Government, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on 3 easy steps to recycle like a pro!

Source: Ministry for the Environment Recycling is a great way to reduce waste – but many of us aren’t recycling right, which means recyclables can end up in landfill despite our best intentions. So here are three steps to up your recycling game this summer. Step one Check your local council’s website to see what […]

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Waste free future smart shopping guide

By   /  December 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Government, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on Waste free future smart shopping guide

Source: Ministry for the Environment Buy only what you need The golden rule of reducing waste and supporting a ‘circular economy’ is to only buy what you need in the first place. When you do shop for new goods, it’s important to buy items made to last and be easily repaired, and to steer clear of […]

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Kaihautū – Chief Māori Advisor appointed

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Government, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on Kaihautū – Chief Māori Advisor appointed

Source: Ministry for the Environment Melanie Mark-Shadbolt is MfE’s  Kaihautū – Chief Māori Advisor. Her iwi affiliations are Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Raukawa, and Te Arawa. Melanie will work directly with our Te Pūrengi, supporting us on our journey as leaders towards a greater understanding of Te Ao […]

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Phasing out single-use plastic bags

By   /  November 24, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Government, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on Phasing out single-use plastic bags

Source: Ministry for the Environment We are excited to share with you the news that following a public consultation, Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage has today confirmed the Government’s intention to phase out single-use plastic bags. Minister Sage confirmed that the mandatory phase out will be in force by 1 July 2019. Cabinet […]

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MfE wins Terry Healy Award

By   /  November 23, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Environment, KB, KB, Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand Government, Public Sector  /  Comments Off on MfE wins Terry Healy Award

Source: Ministry for the Environment Our guidance for local government on coastal hazards and climate change has won the annual Terry Healy Award. The award from the NZ Coastal Society is for a project which has made a significant contribution to New Zealand’s coastal and marine environment. The award was presented jointly to the Ministry […]

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